MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Veronica Avedician, MS
Veronica Avedician, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, uses a client-centered approach to working collaboratively with individuals and families using various theoretical approaches such as CBT, DBT, REBT, and trauma-focused therapies. As the expert of your own life, I work with you to create positive change together. I invite you to share your concerns in a safe space, and I am here to listen without judgment. Together, we will create strategies that improve your emotional well-being and reframe maladaptive behaviors. My goal is to help create sustainable change to cope with life's inevitable ups and downs healthily. I am bilingual in Spanish, working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Hablo Espanol y trabajo con niños, adolescentes, adultos y Familias. Veronica will sit for the National Counselor Examination this Spring.
Maria Camara, LSW
Maria recently joined BYFS as a Licensed Social Worker. She has a passion for helping people and a drive to constantly further her learning. Mrs. Camara is a highly experienced Clinical Social Worker with a strong background working with families, students, couples and at-risk individuals in providing individual and group therapy in support of crisis intervention, conflict mediation, addiction counseling and case management. Maria shares her bilingual, bicultural experience with BYFS clients.
Richard Cornwall, MSW
Join us in Welcoming Richard Cornwall, MSW to BYFS. Richard comes to us with years of varied experience working with adults, adolescents and children. He has used narrative, music and play therapy as effective means to working with his clients. Richard has his BS in Social Work from University of Wisconsin Whitewater and his Masters in Social Work from George Williams College of Aurora University. Richard is currently in on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:00-8:00. Richard will sit for LCSW license this summer.
Elisa Tessier, LCSW
Elisa is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience working with children and their parents. She enjoys developing a therapeutic relationship with parents to further develop their relationship with their children. In order to support the child, she strives to be a consistent partner with parents to explore effective communication styles that promotes positive behaviors from their children. She incorporates an empathetic and collaborative approach in therapy, walking alongside clients on their personal journey. Elisa works to build productive relationships with families, children, school districts, doctors, churches, and community agencies, focusing on providing the best environment for her clients to thrive. As a professional, passionate and caring advocate, Elisa facilitates and supports awareness and connection among stakeholders to develop successful strategies, meet mutual goals, and provide better outcomes. She strongly believes in working collaboratively, as partners, which allows learning from one another for the benefit of her clients.
Wendy Wiesman, MSW
Wendy earned her Master’s in Social Work degree from Aurora University. Her experience includes working with individuals who have had co-occurring disorders, mental health counseling, case management, and crisis intervention. Wendy utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals uncover their full potential. Her focus is to help individuals heal and become aware of their inner strengths. Wendy is currently in the office on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM. She is currently in the process of furthering her education to be a certified school social worker and will sit for the LCSW license in the near future!
Karen Kuhlman Amos, LSW, CADC - Not Accepting Clients
Karen Kuhlman Amos, LSW, CADC, provides services for a wide range of disorders and difficulties including depression, anxiety, substance use, eating disorders, life transitions, stress and parenting. She has an MSW from Aurora University, First Aid Mental Health Certification and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
My passion is understanding stored childhood trauma and the long-term effects it can have on adults. Unresolved traumatic experiences very often render a person with feelings of anxiety and depression; particularly for those who were never given the appropriate tools and support to process their trauma. These emotional states can lead to poor coping skills in our efforts to meet life’s challenges, and very often anxiety and depression can lead us to feeling incapable of helping ourselves or ever changing our circumstances and clearly seeing our potential.
Operating from an attachment perspective, I use a variety of therapeutic modalities in my work with clients including, but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS), and I tailor interventions to meet your specific needs. In a warm, understanding, and safe environment, I provide services for a wide range of disorders and difficulties including anxiety, depression, substance use, eating disorders, life transitions, stress, and parenting. I truly believe that the greatest challenges in your life can also be your greatest opportunities for healing and growth.
Aimee Jarvis, MSW Student Intern
Aimee Jarvis is an interning MSW student at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a specialization in children and families. She obtained her BSW through Northeastern Illinois University. She is passionate about providing support through clinical services, youth outreach, and community prevention strategies during her time with BYFS.
Aimee plans to utilize a trauma-informed care as well as a strengths-based approach while working with clients in a non-judgmental manner. She is looking forward to working in the field!
MEET OUR STAFF
As a parent and lifelong Barrington community member, I see incredible importance in the mission of BYFS. As a nonprofit professional, the opportunity to work alongside community leaders and board members to help shape the vision of this great organization and the impact it will have on our families and community is exciting. I am honored to be trusted with this role.
My professional experience includes nonprofit management and marketing and communications for multiple professional societies and volunteer-run organizations; corporate sales and marketing, and social work in group home settings.
I am a mom to two wonderful children, Ellie (17) and Harry (12), married to a fabulous man (Harry) and owner of two happy hounds.
Please feel free to reach out if I can be of assistance. I look forward to meeting many of you out in the community!
Betsy Wintringer, Executive Director
Anne Baumfeld, Director of Special Projects
Anne is BYFS' Director of Special projects where she delivers project management, strategic planning and implementation support for key organizational initiatives.
Along with a passion for service and community, Anne brings considerable experience and expertise to the role, having held several leadership and development roles at domestic and international non-profit organizations before joining BYFS in April 2018. She also served as Treasurer of BYFS' Auxiliary Board from 2016-2018.
Anne holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Master's degree in Public Administration from New York University. She lives in Barrington with her husband, three children and two terriers.
Kiran Birdi, Office Manager
Kiran joined BYFS in November of 2018 and brings with her over a decade of customer service experience as well as several years of management experience working as a Practice Manager at a psychiatrist’s office here in Barrington.
Kiran oversees office operations and is committed to making our patients', and their families', experience at BYFS a positive one. She encourages a work environment that provides excellent customer service to clients, outside professionals as well as internal clinicians with her positive attitude and friendly demeanor.
Born and raised in England UK, Kiran graduated from the University of Wolverhampton with a Bachelor’s degree in Law. She moved to the US in 1999 and resides in the Northwest Suburbs with her husband, daughter, and two sons.